Lupe Zabaco

Lupe Zabaco

April 18, 2016
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

COMBERMERE, Ont. – Guadalupe (Lupe) Zabaco, staff worker of Madonna House, died peacefully on April 1 in Combermere.

Zabaco, 92, was born in Spain and served for many years at Edmonton’s Marian Centre.

She attended high school and the University in Madrid, receiving her nursing degree in 1951. After graduation, she nursed in Madrid and later in Managua, Nicaragua.

She arrived at Madonna House in 1958 and made her first promises to the community on Aug. 15, 1959.

For 57 years Lupe served in mission houses around the world – the Yukon; Lima, Peru; Combermere; the West Indies; Edmonton and Winslow, Ariz.

Zabaco returned to Combermere in 2005 and continued serving in the kitchen, laundry and sewing departments.

She loved the arts, classical music being a favourite. She became an avid painter and received lessons from A.Y. Jackson during his visits to the Combermere area in the 1960s.

Zabaco was predeceased by her parents, a twin sister who died at birth, four other sisters and three brothers.

A funeral Mass was celebrated April 4 with interment at the Madonna House cemetery.